“I’ve recognized that there are different ways in which the filibuster can be reformed,” said Klobuchar. “You can get rid of it, which I support. You can change the numbers you need, which we were talking about in the early days, you know, have fewer numbers so you don’t get to 60. You can request what we call a talking filibuster where you actually have to be there and object and speak all the time. “Any of these reforms could help and may be necessary to get the two most vocally unruly Democrats – Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema – on board. Each of them has issued statements indicating that the minority must have a voice and that the traditions of non-partisanship must prevail.
According to Sinema, the filibuster should be retained in order to “comprehensively examine, debate and reach compromises on legislative issues that affect all Americans.” It just doesn’t happen. What happens is a Republican unanimously refuses to give the Senate a unanimous vote to move a bill forward, and then go on his merry way without actually having to provide a justification for their rejection of the bill. There is no debate. There is no consideration. There is no compromise. There are Republican obstacles and it’s easy, painless, for them. At the very least, they must be forced to return to the tradition, great or not, of standing on the ground for hours to justify their position. You need to be made to work for it.
Better yet, get rid of the damn thing once and for all. But what if the Republicans take back the Senate? Sen. Smith thought about it. In a Facebook post, she explained how her thinking developed and how when she got into the Senate, she “began to believe that we should keep the filibuster”. That changed in her actual experience there. “I kept thinking about what would happen that would keep a Conservative President and Congress from doing terrible harm to women’s health care without the filibuster,” said Smith. “But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that the filibuster has long been the enemy of progress.”
Even Senator Jon Tester, the Montana Democrat who thinks a minimum wage of $ 15 an hour is too high, is considering changing the filibuster. “We have to find out if the leadership wants obstacles on both sides or if they want to get together and try to get some things done,” Tester told the Washington Post.
“It’s going to be a Democratic Party Armageddon in 2022 if we sit on our bums here and say, ‘Oh, we’re sorry, we’re not as determined to get our agenda off our agenda as the Republicans are,'” said Senator Jeff Merkley . The Oregon Democrat, which is leading the filibuster’s reform efforts, told the Post. He’s right. With the Supreme Court apparently poised to peel what remains of the voting law, and 43 states are considering 253 voting-restriction laws, it could be Armageddon for Democrats. If the electoral reforms passed by parliament do not become law, democratic voters will be excluded from the elections. If President Biden’s critical agenda is to tackle the pandemic, economic inequality, climate change, immigration – everything! – is hindered, democratic voters will not want to vote in 2022.
Biden damn it knows. That is why the former long-time member of the Senate is open to reforming the filibuster. “One thing that is non-negotiable is that he delivers for the American people,” Emmy Ruiz, the political director of the White House, told the Post. “The top priority here is to get this agenda, this bold agenda, through Congress.” Another White House official said the strategy changes every day, reiterating Biden’s position that the filibuster is not sacrosanct while the agenda is on.
Senate majority leader Chuck Schumer, for his part, does not show his cards. “The bottom line is that we will come together as a caucus and find a way to achieve the bold action that the American people are calling for,” Schumer said. “We’re going to put bills on the floor. We’re not going to be the legislative cemetery.” There is only one way to do this: either make the filibuster so painful that Republicans give up on it, or just end it.